As many as 699 labourers were killed in various types of accidents in their workplaces last year, said a report.
Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies (BILS) published the report at a seminar titled “Condition of labour-2016: Steps needed to protect labour rights.” The event was held at the BILS’ seminar hall in the capital on Sunday.
The report said 29 of the deceased were women. A total of 703 labourers were injured due to the workplace hazards during the time. Of the injured, 174 were women.
Besides, 189 workers, including 40 women, were killed in violence. A total of 390 labourers, including 81 women, were injured in the incidents.
Road accidents claimed lives of 149 workers of which 34 were women. About 96 labourers, including 12 women, were injured in the road crashes.
About 237 incidents of labour unrest and movement were reported last year.
Another study report on work hour and wages in the five sectors was presented in the event. Five sectors are transport, security services, hotel, re-rolling and hospital or diagnostic centre.
Issues relating to social safety of the workers were widely discussed in the event.
Kazi Abdul Hannan, president of Bangladesh Labour Rights Journalist Forum, BILS executive director Syed Sultan Uddin Ahmed, project coordinator Kohinur Mahmud and Nazma Yasmin, information coordinator Md Yusuf Al-Mamun, research coordinator Md Monirul Islam, various trade union leaders and journalists were present.